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Questions tagged [contract-law]

For questions about laws related to contracts, an agreement between two or more parties.

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Would what happened in South Park (human centipede) be legal?

There's an episode of South Park where buried in the terms and agreement of iTunes, you agreed that Apple could forcibly make you into a human centipede. See: In the real world could this happen? ...
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Is it necessary to state in a contract that if one part is found unenforceable, the rest still is?

I've seen in some contracts clauses stating something like If a term or condition is found to be unenforceable, the rest of the contract still remains in affect. Is this necessary? Unless ...
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How to prove the genuinity/nongenuinity of a signature?

I'm not a law student, but I'm very interested in the topic and learning in general. I got curious about contracts and signatures recently, so I wondered if there have been cases where contracts ...
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Is my bond (employee contract) legal in India?

I live in India and I have signed a contract of one year with my employer. But now I want to leave my company. However when I sent my resignation email they told me to take legal actions on me. ...
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What if the user disagreed with the Terms of Service, but still registered on a website?

This is purely hypothetical, based on an anecdote told on a web design lecture a long time ago. Most websites nowadays require you to click on a little checkbox that usually says I agree to the Terms ...
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Why Offer Arbitration Opt-Out

As I understand it, in the United States there is no legal obligation for a company to offer its customers the opportunity to opt-out of their arbitration agreement. So why do some companies offer ...
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Is a contract valid if one of the party doesn't even read it?

You might think someone must be stupid to sign a contract without even reading it. Yet I see it happen all the time, when contracts are just too long and there's no time to read stuff you suppose you ...
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Signing vs initialing a contract

When should/are initials used, in the context of a contract? How are they different from a signature of a full name? Come to think of it, is it required that a person's signature be their first and ...
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How is it realistic that a buyer would fail to communicate some feature of a product needed by the buyer, to a seller?

Source: p 14 Bottom - 15, JC Smith's The Law of Contract (2016) by Paul S. Davies.   All these propositions are illustrated by Smith v Hughes9 [this footnote states: '(1871) LR 6 QB 597.). The ...
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GDPR - Is consent really necessary for contact form?

I am looking for an answer that is supported by the GDPR, so please try to quote GDPR parts as you answer. The internet is on fire (developers especially) now that the GDPR is on strength. There are ...
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What type of lawyer would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct?

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of essay re-...
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What does this “no waiver” clause mean?

In a resedential lease, what does this paragraph mean? No Waiver. The failure of either party to insist in any instance upon the strict keeping, observance or performance of any provision of ...
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How to interpret this paragraph from an MNDA in context with Ohio law?

The following paragraph was included in a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement template between two technology companies. The Parties agree that the disclosing Party will suffer irreparable injury if ...
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?

The signature on my driver's license is a unique and identifiable smiley face :-) I use this signature to sign all legally binding documents. A lot of the time, people reject it, and request an "...
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No written contract. Do I have to pay undisclosed early termination fee?

A credit card payment processing company agent approached my business and offered to try out their service for free for a month as a trial. However, I decided not to use it after this one month trial,...
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Can you be bound to an unsigned contract even though services are rendered informally?

So you are working on a project to build a SaaS (Software as a Service). You prepare a technical contract and have it reviewed by intellectual property lawyers and it passes their approval. You ...
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Does there really exist such thing as “no contract” when doing business with other party?

Sales persons are sometimes advertising their service as "contract free", so that they would get a better chance to convince you to sign up for their service. I guess the reason why this works is ...
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Do scans of signed documents have the same legal power as the original document?

It is quite common for various parties online to exchange signed documents in signed form (such as contracts for remote work). Would these documents have any power in a court of law? Is it necessary ...
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Can contracts include irrevocable terms of imprisonment for breach?

As noted here: At least in Israel, by agreeing to marry under religious law a person is irrevocably subject to that law's rulings, to the extent that a religious court can sentence one to a term in ...
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Is contract valid if only one side signed it?

The company sent me the contract, I signed it and returned back to them, so now they should sign and send me the copy. In Germany, what if they decide to not sign and withdraw the process. What one ...
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Confiscation of cellphones in public schools

School started today. I'm just reading the code of conduct about cell phone usage. It states that on first violation of the policy the device will be confiscated and held until a parent (me) comes to ...
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How to gather Compelling Evidence to prove that business is fraudulent?

My friend's small business agreed to a one-month risk-free trial service from one Credit Card Processor company. However, she did not like the service, because it did not live up to verbal promises ...
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What happens if two clauses in a contract come into conflict?

This is a hypothetical scenario, but hopefully it is appropriate for this board. Suppose that two people enter into a contract which contains clause A and clause B. Further suppose that, in general, ...
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What does “reasonable” mean?

I have seen the phrase 'reasonable conditions' used quite often in legal texts, and I always get nervous, as I don't know how to interpret it. Imagine a Confidentiality and Assignment Agreement with ...
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Is there a “standard template” NDA contract that covers a majority of businesses requiring protection of proprietary information?

The following paragraph stood out as unusual for an NDA that a friend was asked to sign: “Terms and Termination. This Agreement shall terminate two (2) year(s) after the Effective Date. The ...
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Is airline ticket overbooking fraud?

What protects airlines (if anything) from fraud charges when they sell same ticket to multiple people for a single flight? Why might this be fraud? In most consumer transactions (the norm), if I sold ...
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If there was no written contract in the first place would a phone call be enough to terminate relationship with the other party?

My friend's small business engaged in a relationship with another company that provides credit card processing service. They did not ask my friend to sign a written contract at the time of signing up ...
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Can I cross out parts of a contract before signing it?

Assume there is a contract that was typed on a computer then printed out, and only one party needs to sign it. Examples of such contracts are "sign here to show it's ok for us to contact your ...
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How strict should I be with “to the best of my knowledge”?

The Question: In many legal documents, there is a section for you to sign where you declare that the document is correct to the best of your knowledge. If something small or relatively unimportant ...
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What is the point of website Terms and Conditions?

I was considering answering How prominent must terms of service be?; when I was struck by a thought: what is the point of website Terms and Conditions anyway? Clearly, if they form a contract and ...
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USA: Does a user who has falsely stated that he/she has read an EULA or similiar agreement risk liability solely for the false statement?

Many software products and Internet services require that users agree to an EULA or terms of service agreement before the product or service can be used. The user is often required to state that he/...
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Why is “as is” in quotes in the GPL?

In the GPL, why do they put quotes around the phrase here: EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY ...
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Are the Q&A posted on Stack Exchange websites valuable consideration?

In order to form a legally binding contract it is necessary that both parties provide valuable consideration. Is the provision by a user on this (or other Stack Exchange sites) of a question, answer ...
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When is a contract legally binding?

If one party wrote an agreement down on paper and the other party signed it, does that make it legally binding? For example, something silly like if Bob wrote on a piece of scrap paper that he will ...
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My company has contract work with another company - Do I need a 1099 or other tax form?

My small business has a contract with another business to perform services as independent contractors. Here's the legal part of the contract spelling out the relationship between my company and the ...
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Job Contract Copyright Waiver

I am starting my first full-time job. It is a software job in the UK, I am a citizen of a different EU country. The contract I am about to sign seems very demanding about the rights to intellectual ...
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My co-borrower wants her name removed from a 5 year mortgage contract

Me and my sister in law bought a house. We asked her help to acquire the loan. She signed the mortgage loan for a 5 year contract, and we got the house. Me and my wife paid all the expenses and down ...
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How does a contract end?

Assuming that I am a party to a legally binding contract with another party how does it come to an end?
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How can one prove that a contract was signed by force?

I posted another question recently relating to the same person but I didn't want to include two questions in the same post. My father is an extremely abusive person and has been physically, mentally, ...
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Is it legal to publish a review of a travel service without letting the service know?

Say I review things for people to read, such as on a website or blog. Is it safe to say it's legal if my intention is, say, book a flight to Phoenix with some pre-conceived intention of critiquing the ...
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Are contracts legally bound when acceptance is mailed, or only once received?

Kumaran develops novel lampshades. In January 2016, he developed a new lampshade. On 1 May 2016, he emailed Bobby and Chew, both wholesalers, to whom he had previously sold lampshades. In his email, ...
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When a contract is being analyzed in court, is it the understanding of the parties or the written contract that is to be established?

This is a difficult question to phrase so bare with me. From reading questions on this site, I understand that a written contract (e.g. a lease) is only a written record of the actual contract, that ...
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How are open source licenses valid without consideration?

I'm not a lawyer or law student in any capacity, but I've read in multiple sources that a contract is not valid unless there is consideration for both parties. With this in mind, how can licenses for ...
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Should a contract state that signing means you agree to it?

Is it possible for a person to (successfully) argue that if they signed something, just because they wrote their name on the same piece of paper, it doesn't mean that they actually agreed to it? For ...
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Is there a name for the part of a contract that specifically deals with how the contract is to be interpreted?

There often is a lot of meta-data in a contract. What I mean by meta-data is parts of the contract regarding how the contract itself is applied and interpreted. For example waiver clauses no waiver ...
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How are contract disputes resolved?

When two parties end up in a dispute about what was agreed to in a written contract, how do courts generally resolve that? How do they determine if a provision is ambiguous? What evidence is used to ...
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What is arbitration and mediation?

What does it mean to resolve disputes with arbitration and mediation? I understand that they're alternatives to going to court, but how can companies or individuals enforce this with contracts? What I ...
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When are non-indemnification type clauses needed in a contract?

In a lot of long contracts (the type people normally skim over) I often see sections about liability and indemnification. In general what are these and why are they necessary? Can someone give a ...
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What is the point of having a witness sign something?

On some documents they require a witness to sign. What is the point of this? Just added security that it's less likely 2 people would lie?
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What is the legal structure of online “TOS”?

TOS, also known as "terms of service" or "terms of use", is an agreement entered into by a user, usually before the user is allowed to use the company's product but is it an agreement(contract), or ...